You’ve probably heard about the Boston Public Market, which opened its doors on July 30. It’s the first year-round, indoor, all local market in the country and it brings local farmers and producers under one roof in downtown Boston. I’m very excited about this new venue as a place to shop. The $15.5 million, 28,000 square foot market, housed on top of the Haymarket MBTA stop and steps away from Boston City Hall and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, focuses on quality, locally sourced food products and it puts Boston on the public market bandwagon in the ranks with foodie-centric cities like San Francisco and Seattle.
The market’s 38 vendors offer a one-stop shop for products ranging from vibrant farm-fresh produce, milk, and cheese to humanely raised meat and poultry to seafood, flowers, artisan breads, and specialty donuts – all grown, sourced and produced by farmers and artisans in New England. In fact, 97% of the vendors are from Massachusetts. You’ll also find sushi counters, coffee-geek-approved cafés, a juice bar, award-winning ice cream, charcuterie and kiosks selling ramen and knishes, along with beer and spirits from local brewers and distillers. It’s a locavores dream!
Another distinctive feature of the market is its commitment to educating customers on nutrition, sustainability and food preparation. As a part of this, the Boston Public Market will feature a 3,200 square foot demo kitchen with hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and lectures.
Although a market of this kind is often a tourist attraction, planners have designed Boston’s Public Market to serve residents first and foremost. Most food vendors will serve some prepared items, but seating will be limited to a few small tables in the center of the space. The goal is not to become a dining destination, but to stay focused on the needs of local shoppers looking for dinner ingredients. In particular, the market will be a wonderful benefit for those who work in the city and want to stop in for some provisions or prepared foods on their way home from work. It also provides those who live in surrounding neighborhoods with a unique shopping option (especially in the Boston neighborhoods where grocery stores are limited).
The Boston Public Market is located at 100 Hanover Street with its main entrance on the corners of Hanover and Congress Streets. It’s open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to accessibility to the T and nearby North Station, there’s on-site covered parking, too.
What excites you most about our new market?